You are now about to read the first class reflection from 9/18 submitted by Liz Walsh.
My first visit to the Youth Dreamers House was amazing. I never before thought something like this house could be initiated, created, and built by students. The idea of something that amazing had never crossed my mind. It was truly inspiring and made me feel like anything is possible if you really believe it.
The Van Gogh quote, “What is done in love is done well.” could be found after initial entry into the house.
The quote is suitable to the house as you can see this house was made with love and it is above and beyond just being “done well”. That is a quote that I try to live by.
I’m excited to see what else is in store for this year.
You’ve clicked on this blog so stay a while!
- Write down five things that you value in life, whether it is work or personal.
- Cross two of those values off your list.
- With those last three things take 5 minutes to write:
- Why do I hold these values?
- Where did I acquire them? What was the setting or context?
- When did I attain them?
- From whom did I attain them?
You’ve just sat through the first 20 minutes of our second class. This activity led to the creation of the wonderful mandalas pictured below. Through this activity the students were able to learn the origin and purpose of mandalas and create their own in connection with their personal values.
One beauty of the Youth Dreamers running program in the Dream House again is…you never know who will pop up!!!!
Today our surprise visit came from an older Youth Dreamer, Miriam Harris. The visit sprung when she noticed Ms.K’s car in the parking lot as she showed the house to a friend accompanying on the trip. While her intentions were to make notice of the Dream House that she so often talked about, she immediately knocked on the door to step inside. Much to our surprise of her being on the other side of the knock, she was excited to hear the reason why we were in the house on a Monday afternoon.
During her quick visit she shared what life after undergrad is like, and laughed at memories of her time with the YD’s. Many of the skills she has learned as a YD are applied EVERYDAY in her full-time work at a non-profit in Philadelphia!
Just one success story of the MANY from the students that have put in time and hard work as a Youth Dreamer!
“I love the direction the YD’s are headed in. As an adult who was raised as a YD and works in the non-profit sector full time, this project is like nothing I’ve ever seen done. After all these years, we’re still ahead of the curve when it comes to innovation and youth advocacy.”- Miriam Harris, pictured holding the camera with blonde hair.
Today we embarked on the exciting journey of hosting our MICA MFA students.
While we are still recruiting high school students, we made the best of our first class!!!
The students walked into The Dream House with smiling faces, and warm hearts.
The energy throughout the entire day was amazing!
The most touching part of the day took place during our ice breaker, jolly circles. (Students had to answer the corresponding question to the color of the jolly rancher they selected and also share the quote they decided to put on their journal for afternoon pages.)
The phenomenal sharing did not stop there! We spent 2 minutes each sharing “What brought us here? and What events in our own personal history ultimately led us to this space?”
Everyone’s story dated back to birth and their journey’s in the education world.
Attached you will find pictures of the Magnificent Monday we had!
The M.F.A in Community Arts (MFACA) prepares artists to define their art practices as a means of civic engagement, community organizing and development, activism, education, and more. Students experience how art and artist s help communities articulate their own history, cultural identity, interest, and needs—and how community in turn inspires the artist’s own creative potential.
Real work with real consequences!
The Youth Dreamers, Inc. is a non-profit organization that created the Dream House, the only youth-run youth center in Baltimore. Founded in a middle-school Community Action course fifteen years ago, the Youth Dreamers and their community partners worked timelessly to find, purchases, and completely renovate an abandoned house at 1430 Carswell St. in the Coldstream-Homestead- Montebello neighborhood. These students had a dream to decrease violence after school among young people by establishing a youth-led space for community, service, and constructive activities. In 2010, the Dream House opened. In 2014, seven Youth Dreamers in high school and college published I Am Not a Test Score: Lessons Learned from Dreaming, a nonfiction, how-to book that provides a model for other youth, youth workers, and non-profit organizations.
We are just days away from opening the Dream House for it’s first class this Fall.
Although the date is quickly approaching we could still use your help!!
Take a look at the flyers below…
CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY STUDENT FLYERCREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL PARTNERS
CREATIVITY IN COMMUNITY STUDENT FLYER
We’d appreciate you sharing them as well!
Check back next week 🙂